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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology.

In 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed ESHB 1112 to transition away from the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are chemicals commonly used in air conditioning systems, in refrigeration, as propellants, and in the production of insulating foams. HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases. Reducing HFCs in products substantially decreases public exposure to harmful pollutants and helps address climate change.
The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Specialist is part of the Climate Policy section of the Air Quality Program. This position helps to identify, prevent, and minimize air pollution, specializing in the implementation of the HFC program. 

We are looking for creative, organized, self-starters with excellent communication skills and the ability to explain technical information to non-technical audiences.

We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. 
Program Mission: The Air Quality Program's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington, to safeguard public health and the environment, and to support a high quality of life for current and future generations.

Some of the key work activities for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Specialist include:
  • Communicating and collaborating with key stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, local governments, attorney general's office, and private businesses, to ensure clear understanding of the HFC program.
  • Working closely with the Communications Manager to promote awareness and encourage the use of substitute chemicals in the manufacture and supply chain of products.
  • Specializing in the implementation of the HFC program and explaining the program to internal and external audiences a way that facilitates compliance.
  • Providing technical assistance and customer service for the regulated community.
  • Tracking changes to available and approved substitutes across multiple jurisdictions and assisting stakeholders in responding to changes.
  • Proposing rule updates to program management and assessing current and potential complementary state policies.
  • Researching and analyzing technological developments, state and federal legislation, and regulations that may impact the program, and summarizing for program management.
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce HFC use in Washington, including promoting refrigerants with low global warming potential in utility equipment and consumer appliances.

Why join the team?
  • This is a unique opportunity to be one of the first people in one of the first states to address this topic. This position can be a pioneer in implementing a new law that reduces greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.
  • The Climate Policy Section uses a collaborative, balanced workload approach to assign projects and associated tasks. This position requires flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to play various roles across projects. This position plays a key role in reducing emissions.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 3, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 2, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, or other allied field AND two (2) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND one (1) year of the required experience.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 at the Department of Ecology.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of issues affecting air quality and climate change.
  • Knowledge/experience with HFC reduction programs.
  • Ability to explain basic chemistry and regulatory processes to a variety of audiences.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
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Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:
In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please do NOT include your salary history.


Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Ben Blank at: Please do not contact Ben to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.